Mark Cameron Yachts

Rossiter Pintail 27


Classic trip keeled cruiser, lots of upgrading



Lying: Aberdour, Fife. (Near Edinburgh), United Kingdom

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelRossiter Pintail 27
DesignerHugh Rossiter
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable
LyingAberdour, Fife. (Near Edinburgh), United Kingdom


Hull ConstructionGRP hull with triple encapsulated keels
Keel TypeBilge Keel


EngineYanmar 2GM20 marine diesel engine 19hp Two cylinder, naturally aspirated, raw water cooled. Mechanical reversing marine gearbox Single lever morse control
Fuel Capacity63l


Drinking Water Capacity126l


The Pintail 27 is widely regarded as one of the best quality yachts under 30’ built in the 1970’s. The class were much admired with the quality of workmanship standing them head and shoulders above other yachts of the time. A triple keeled cruiser they became very popular with those restricted to drying harbour berths. Her heavy displacement delivering a comfortable passage even in heavy weather.
The Pintail 27 SPINTAIL is one of the later examples. With just her third she has enjoyed significant upgrading and routine maintenance. Offered for sale afloat (until October 4th) and incommission her inventory highlights include:

GRP moulded hull

GRP moulded deck
Yanmar 2GM20 marine diesel engine
Merlin SmartGuage battery monitor
Icom IC-M423G DSC VHF, CommandMic in cockpit
Raymarine e7 plotter
Raymarine ST60+ Tridata display
Raymarine ST60+ Graphic repeater
NASA Clipper wind instrument
NASA Target depth instrument
Raymarine ST4000+ tiller pilot system with S3 Course computer
Digital Yacht AIS receiver
Full battened, slab reefing mainsail
Roller reefing genoa
Cruising chute with snuffer
Lewmar 44 self-tailing, two speed primary winches
Lines lead aft to cockpit
October 2020 insurance survey available upon request

Fantastically well equipped the Pintail 27 SPINTAIL is a unique opportunity to acquire a ready to go classic. Available for viewing in the harbour at Aberdour, near Edinburgh by prior appointment.

When I bought Spintail in late 2013 she was described on the builders website as ‘The finest example of the Rossiter Pintail on our brokerage for years. Since my purchase of the boat I have continued to invest in her, updating the navigation and electrical systems as well as improving the keels for use in drying harbours. I believe ‘Spintail’ is in very good overall condition, well equipped and well maintained.

My use of the boat has been restricted to short cruises from our base on the east coast of Scotland. I have found her to be a dependable sea boat and rewarding to sail. The triple keel configuration has proven to be ideal for use in the small drying harbours around this area. Under full sail SPINTAIL is a pleasure to sail and a real head turner in port or at full sail’


Hull Construction:

Hull originally moulded to Llyods 100A1 specifications, mouldings produced by Seaglass Mouldings
Single piece GRP moulded hull
Encapsulated full length central keel
Encapsulated bilge keels port and starboard
Plywood bulkheads glassed to hull
Stainless steel keel bands custom made and fitted to all three keels
Afromosia topstrake finished with gloss varnish
Deck & Superstructure Construction:
Single piece GRP deck moulding incorporating doghouse.
Timber built cockpit, using afromosia and mahogany
Treadmaster to finish deck and doghouse roof.
Keel & Rudder:
Triple keel configuration
All three keels being moulded as part of hull.
Encapsulated lead ballast in central keel
Transom hung full depth rudder of timber construction


Engine & gearbox:

Yanmar 2GM20 marine diesel engine
Two cylinder, naturally aspirated, raw water cooled.
Mechanical reversing marine gearbox
Single lever morse control
Maintenance & Performance:
Engine last serviced April 2021
Rear engine mounts replaced 2020
Exhaust system replaced with new silencer 2020
Cruising speed under engine 5.5kts
Propulsion & Steering:
Stainless steel propshaft
Bronze 3 blade fixed propellor
Wooden tiller steering
Raymarine tiller pilot system
Raymarine ST4000 control head
Raymarine S3 course computer
Raymarine tiller drive


Voltage systems:

12VDC onboard power system – full re-wire in 2004
230VAC shore power system
Shore Power:
Hardwired system with RCD protection
Single 16amp connection
Extension lead to connect to shore power
230VAC sockets in saloon and forepeak
Battery Banks:
2x 12VDC lead acid batteries (2015)
Single engine driven alternator
12VDC, 55 amp
Solar Panel:
Single panel mounted on doghouse roof.


Fresh Water:

Manually pumped cold water faucet in galley
Manually pumped cold water faucet in heads
Bilge Pumps:
Manual Bilge Pump – x2
Electric Bilge Pump – x1 with manual and auto switching
Cockpit Sump Pump – Manually operated pump



Single diesel tank
Approximate capacity 63ltrs (14Gal)
Fresh Water:
Twin fresh water tanks.
Approximate total capacity 126ltrs (28Gal)


On Deck:

Depth/Log – Raymarine ST60+ tridata display
Depth – NASA Target 2
Wind – NASA Clipper with wireless masthead transducer
Plotter – Raymarine e7 HybridTouch display with navionics gold cartography
Below Decks:
Repeater - Raymarine ST60 Graphic
Communications Equipment:
DSC VHF - Icom IC-M423G with commandmic in cockpit
AIS – Digital Yacht iAIS receiver, displaying on plotter or connecting to iPad/iPhone



Galley Stove – Plastimo Neptune 2500, 2 burner and grill. Gimbal mounted. (2007)
Stainless steel sink
Manually pump faucet – foot pump
Baby blakes manual marine toilet – Full overhaul in 2011
Pull out wash hand basin
Manually pumped faucet – foot pump
Taylors paraffin cabin heater (2004)
LED lighting throughout interior
Sony Radio/CD head unit
Speakers in saloon


Summary of Accommodation:

Two single berths in forepeak
Saloon with bench settees providing two more berths
Description of Accommodation from Forward:

Forward Cabin:

Two single berths in traditional V-berth layout.
Shelf above bunks forward
Hawse pipe to chain locker cutting through bunks centrally
Sail bin locker beneath port bunk
Range of lockers beneath starboard bunk
Located to port aft of forward cabin
Bi-fold door to separate from forward cabin
Hinged door to separate from saloon.
Baby Blakes manual toilet located outboard to port
Pull out countertop with inset wash hand basin above toilet.
Hanging locker opposite to starboard
Fixed saloon table located centrally with double drop leafs
Two bench settees located port and starboard
Both settees converting to single berths with trotter boxes forward to extend bunk length.
Storage lockers outboard of seat backs.
Shelves above seat backs outboard
Switch panel above seat back outboard to starboard
Located to port aft of saloon bunk
Gimbal mounted gas cooker forward
Fold down section of worktop surface forward of cooker
Inset stainless steel sink aft
Hanging locker opposite



Deck stepped, single spreader masthead sloop rig.
Gold anodised alloy mast and and spars, foam filled to deaden noise
Anodised alloy, single line reefing boom installed new in 2004.
Stainless steel standing rigging all replaced in 2014
Mast tabernacle with hinge to permit manually lowering and raising of mast.
Extendable alloy whisker pole
Roto stay roller reefing system for genoa
Block and tackle kicker
Primary Winches – 2x Lewmar 40, two-speed, self-tailing.
Halyard / Reefing Winches – 1x Lewmar 16, two-speed, self-tailing. 1x Lewmar 7, single speed.
Mainsail – Tan dacron. Fully battened on Fredriksen mast cars. Slab reefing, 2 full reefs. (2003)
Genoa – Tan dacron with UV Strip. Roller reefing. (2003)
#2 Jib – Tan terylene, hank-on sail, light use.
Storm Jib – Hank-on, very lightly used
Cruising Chute – fitted with snuffer, lightly used (2003)
Canvas Work:
Mainsail Cover – Stackpack type cover with mast boot
Sprayhood on stainless steel frame
Cockpit cover
Foredeck hatch cover
Anchor windlass cover
Full winter cover
Anchoring & Mooring:
Bower Anchor – Spade A100 anchor on approximately 50m chain rode.
Kedge Anchor – CQR plough anchor, stows on deck.
Lofrans Anchor Windlass (2003)
Mooring Warps – Selection
Fenders - Selection
Avon Redstart, stows in bracket on deck forward of mast
Single stemhead roller.
Fold out extension to stow anchor on bow without damaging stem
Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit rails
Deck mounted stanchions supporting double tier guardwires
Deck mounted Clyde type bronze and hardwood mooring cleats
Samson post on foredeck centrally
Genoa track and cars mounted outboard on capping rail
Lines lead aft from mast port and starboard with jammers mounted on side decks and winches aft
Solar panel mounted on doghouse roof.
Step in deck level at aft end of doghouse
Side decks outboard of cockpit
Cockpit protected by elevated deck level.
U-shaped cockpit seating wrapping around aft end of cockpit
Bench seating forward.
Locker space beneath all seating

General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.
Navigation Lights:
LED masthead tri-colour
LED masthead anchor light
Mast mounted steaming light
Low level Nav lights forward and aft
Life saving:
Liferaft – Ocean Safety 4 person raft. New in 2016, service due 2022.
EPIRB – 406 Mhz
Horseshoe buoy
Radar reflector
Fog horn

In this case we are acting as brokers only.
The Owner is not selling in the course of a business. whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at their expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.
This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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